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HP – Moving Ahead in High-Speed Color Printing

Published December 15, 2009

On a recent visit to the USA I was invited to meet with executives of HP’s Inkjet High Speed Production Solutions division to discuss the current status of its program for the HP T300 inkjet web press. I found this to be an interesting visit as almost nothing had been written about what HP had been doing by either the trade press or the industry analysts following Print 09.

Do We Need Graph Expo Each Year?

Published December 8, 2009

There has been much discussion about association consolidation and the limited funds industry suppliers have to support many of the organizations and events in the industry. I want to discuss the PRINT 09 event that is organized by the Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC).

Canon and Océ, Can They Become Number One?

Published November 17, 2009

Yesterday’s announcement that Canon is to acquire all the shares of Océ is obviously of great interest. Canon and Océ aim to create the overall No. 1 presence in the printing industry building on an enhanced scale and a combined history of innovation and excellent client servicing. The combination of the two companies is designed to capitalize on excellent complementary fit in the product range, channel mix, R&D and business lines.

Moving Inkjet Technology into the Future

Published November 10, 2009

I have just attended the IMI European Ink Jet Printing conference in Barcelona. One tends to think that inkjet printing is something new but this was the 17th annual conference on this subject. One tends to forget just how long the inkjet technology has been around and also just how long it has been used in the graphic arts markets.

A New Role for the Magazine Publisher

Published November 3, 2009

The traditional role for the magazine publisher in the graphic arts market has been to publish news and articles about the industry, provide a medium for advertisers to get their messages across to readers, and in some cases provide seminars and tutorials, and for some publishers to run prestigious printing award events. What we are now seeing that some of these publishers are successfully extending their role to providing this information via the web as well as by printed means, and in certain cases this can be on a daily basis.

Xerox iGen4 Update: Advances made in Packaging and Photo Markets

Published October 13, 2009

Last year at drupa Xerox Corporation introduced a number of new products, two of which I want to cover in this article. The first is the Xerox iGen4 press and the second is the Xerox Automated Packaging Solution for the digital printing and production of folding cartons for packaging. Today, these two products make up the Xerox Automated Packaging Solution powered by Stora Enso Gallop. The automated digital system can print a variety of personalized packages in multiple languages. The packaging system can quickly switch from one job to the next, providing the flexibility needed in today's global and rapidly changing marketplace.  

Océ Home of Color

Published October 6, 2009

Océ has for a long-time been a company that had excellent communication with its clients. For many years it has run an annual event, the Océ OpenHouse. This was a multi-day event at which Océ’s customers and prospects were invited to attend, plus a large number of analysts and press also attended. It was claimed that this was the largest digital printing fair in Europe.

The Real Solution for Highest Quality Color Printing?

Published September 29, 2009

It is not very often one comes across what could be termed industry changing or breakthrough products. I believe what I am writing about today could be such a product. One subject that has exercised the brains of many of the best technical experts in the industry is that of screening. It is also a subject that has generated a great degree of income for the patent lawyers who work with this industry’s suppliers.

So, How Was it For You?

Published September 22, 2009

Print’09 has now taken place. Unfortunately I was unable to be there but I have followed the event and comments about the event on a wide range of media. From this I have come to a number of conclusions, however I’m sure many attendees will not agree with what I concluded about the event.

A Message to Printers Attending Print 09

Published September 8, 2009

When we go to a major print show the major attraction for all of us is to spend time looking at the latest presses, whether these are conventional or digital. We love to see all the latest innovations on these presses to see just how efficient they are. Most printers yearn after the latest presses thinking how much they will improve their businesses with the productivity they can offer. I have to say that I too love looking at presses and there will be many new innovations in this area at Print’09 to attract the attention of visitors. There will be presses, some being shown for the first time in the US, in sizes from B3 through to VLF in the offset area. In digital many people will focus on the high-speed continuous feed presses, although two of the major suppliers, HP and Kodak, will not be showing these at the show.

Publishing and the E-Reader

Published August 25, 2009

Printing Can be a Growth Market

Published August 17, 2009

Did you know that there is a company whose business is printing, that calls itself a printing company, but which is categorized as a high-growth organization by many organizations like Deloitte and Inc Magazine. The company is Mimeo.com and Deloitte identified it as the 25th fastest growing technology company in the New York region in 2007. Admittedly in 2006 it held the 10th spot on this list so its growth is slowing slightly. However since few companies that call themselves printers ever make it on any list for rapid growth there must be something special about Mimeo. Also very few printing companies have a list of investors including venture capital, private equity funds and innovate leaders in high technology.

Kodak – Completing the Digital Printing Picture

Published July 30, 2009

In the previous article on the Kodak event in Dayton I concentrated on the Kodak Stream continuous inkjet technology and the new Kodak Prosper Press platform. At this event Kodak also spent time on covering the Kodak Versamark VL series continuous feed inkjet color presses and the Kodak Nexpress SE and Digimaster EX300 sheet fed digital presses.

Kodak – On Stream to Prosper?

Published July 29, 2009

Following the drupa event last year the major question that was being asked was what impact the new continuous feed color inkjet presses would have on the offset printing market. The vendors of these new presses took different positions in the areas of the market where they felt their presses were most appropriate. Most of them certainly saw their presses impacting in certain areas of the offset market where moderate quality on uncoated paper was a requirement, for example for newspapers and books.

The Next Industry Changing Technology?

Published July 21, 2009

Occasionally there are developments within this industry, often referred to as disruptive technology, that have the potential for fundamentally changing the market. The arrival of thermally imaged non-ablative CtP plates that came to market in 1995 is an example of such a disruptive technology. I have just come across another such disruptive technology that could have a similar impact to that of thermal CtP in changing the industry.

Agfa, Extending Workflow into New Areas

Published July 14, 2009

How Many Words Do We Need?

Published June 16, 2009

Clarifying CtP Terminology

Published June 9, 2009

The Demise of Junk Mail

Published May 26, 2009

Updating the Road Warrior’s Toolkit

Published May 19, 2009

Amazon and Kindle Ups the Ante!

Published May 11, 2009

Changing the Role of Flexo Printing

Published April 27, 2009

Photobooks – The Undiscovered Market

Published April 14, 2009

Heidelberg- A View from the Top

Published April 7, 2009

Offset to Digital Transition

Published March 31, 2009

Growth Markets for Printing?

Published March 24, 2009

Does Printing Exist as an Industry?

Published March 3, 2009

New Products from Hunkeler innovationdays

Published February 17, 2009

What Type of Trade Show?

Published February 17, 2009

Kodak’s Inkjet Strategy

Published February 17, 2009

Kodak and Ricoh Partnership

Published February 12, 2009

How Green is Digital Printing?

Published February 10, 2009

Is This the Software Bubble?

Published February 3, 2009

Kodak Must Look to the Long-Term

Published December 29, 2008

Google, The New Evil Empire

Published December 9, 2008

Will Santa Bring me an E-Reader?

Published November 24, 2008

Is Digital Color Printing the Only Answer?

Published November 4, 2008

An Update on the HP Inkjet Web Press

Published October 21, 2008

An Update on the HP Inkjet Web Press

Published October 21, 2008

Making it Easy to Deal With You

Published September 2, 2008

Digital Editions

Published August 26, 2008

Build It and They Will Come

Published August 5, 2008

What’s Happening at Heidelberg?

Published July 8, 2008

Inkjet Technologies Moving Forward

Published June 24, 2008

drupa Innovation Parc

Published June 17, 2008

My drupa Hot-Picks

Published June 17, 2008

New Presses from Xerox

Published June 11, 2008

Computer to Plate (CtP) at drupa

Published June 11, 2008

Get Prinected - Real Integration

Published June 10, 2008

Océ and High Performance Color

Published June 9, 2008

Its Now a Footie drupa

Published June 9, 2008

My Video View of drupa

Published June 9, 2008

The Real drupa

Published June 7, 2008

Is Inkjet Green?

Published June 7, 2008

How Green is My Printshop?

Published June 6, 2008

Who Is Miyakoshi?

Published June 5, 2008

The Ryanair of Digital Printing

Published June 5, 2008

Its B2 Coming Round Again

Published June 5, 2008

Océ's PR Disaster

Published June 4, 2008

A New Era in Flexo CtP

Published June 4, 2008

The Hottest Product at drupa

Published June 4, 2008

Digital Goes International

Published June 4, 2008

David Watson

Published June 3, 2008

Is this the Inkjet drupa?

Published June 3, 2008

HP and Light Production

Published May 31, 2008

The Battle of the B2s

Published May 29, 2008

New Branding for MAN Roland

Published May 28, 2008

HP Prints Wider Measure

Published May 28, 2008

Fujifilm – The Inkjet Company

Published May 27, 2008

Color Measurement in Operation

Published May 20, 2008

CtP at drupa

Published May 19, 2008

Romano and Tribute in Zagreb

Published May 15, 2008

Graphic Arts Standards

Published May 15, 2008

What’s Happening at Agfa?

Published April 3, 2008

Heidelberg – Peak Performance

Published March 25, 2008

40 Years of Digital Prepress - Part 3

Published February 26, 2008

Romano is Found Down Under

Published February 18, 2008

40 Years of Digital Prepress - Part 2

Published January 29, 2008

Why is HP buying Exstream?

Published January 23, 2008